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Welcome to our blog – The Bottom Line, where you’ll find up-to-date commentary and analysis on the most important news in the fiscal world. Below is a list of our blog posts.

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Jul 12, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

CBO Shows an Unsustainable Long-Term Fiscal Path

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today released its 2016 Long-Term Budget Outlook, showing a clearly unsustainable long-term path for the...
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Jul 11, 2016 | Economics

Scoring Clinton and Trump with Different Growth Assumptions

In our analysis "Promises and Price Tags: A Fiscal Guide to the 2016 Election," we compared the fiscal effects of the policies proposed by...
Jul 7, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Marc Goldwein: Both Clinton and Trump Would Grow National Debt

Marc Goldwein is the senior vice president and senior policy director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He recently wrote a guest...
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Jul 5, 2016 | Taxes

House GOP Sketches Out Details on Tax Reform

The House Republicans continue to rollout several policy proposals/frameworks, recently releasing a tax reform plan that aims to reduce tax rates and...
Jul 1, 2016 | Social Security

Social Security May Be In Worse Shape Than Trustees Suggest

The Social Security Trustees made their projections last week showing the program's sizeable shortfall and its trust fund's insolvency date,...
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Jun 30, 2016 | Health Care

Medicare Trustees Show Need for Reform

The Medicare Trustees released their latest report last week, along with the companion Social Security Trustees' report.  The report...
Donald Trump
Jun 28, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

PBS NewsHour Piece on CRFB's Latest Analysis

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, wrote a column that appeared in PBS NewsHour's Making Sen$e....
Maya MacGuineas
Jun 27, 2016 | Social Security

Maya MacGuineas: Social Security: focus on solvency first

Maya MacGuineas, president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, wrote an op-ed...
Jun 23, 2016 | Budget Process

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Fiscal Commission Bill

Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and David Perdue (R-GA) recently introduced legislation that would create a bipartisan National...
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Jun 22, 2016 | Social Security

A Quick Take on the 2016 Social Security Trustees Report

The Social Security and Medicare Trustees have released their reports on the financial state of their respective programs. With regards to Social...
Judd Gregg
Jun 20, 2016 | Budgets & Projections

Judd Gregg: The Silver Lining

Judd Gregg, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire, served as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee from 2005 to 2007 and ranking...
Maya MacGuineas
Jun 17, 2016 | Budget Process

The Need for Fiscal Goals

The House Budget Committee held a hearing on Wednesday (June 15, 2016) on budget process reform and the need for fiscal goals. CRFB president...
Jun 17, 2016

Maya MacGuineas: George Voinovich's remarkable legacy of fiscal responsibility

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, wrote an opinion piece that...
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Jun 16, 2016 | Social Security

Senators Cotton and Lee Propose Ideas to Strengthen SSDI

Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced legislation recently to help improve the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)...
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Jun 16, 2016 | Social Security

Maya MacGuineas: In Two Social Security Reports, Ways to Reduce Senior Poverty Without Broad Benefit Cuts

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, wrote a commentary that appeared in the Wall Street...
Jun 14, 2016 | Social Security

Entitlement Reform Proposals Offered by BPC and AEI

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC’s) Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings released its recommendations to improve...
Jun 13, 2016

Statement by Maya MacGuineas on the Passing of Former Senator George Voinovich

I am stunned and deeply saddened by the loss of Senator George Voinovich, a true friend and great mentor to all of us here at the Committee for a...
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Jun 10, 2016

Welcome to the New CRFB Website

After months of hard work, we are welcoming vistors to our newly redesigned website. You might notice the bigger font, better images, and a...
Jun 10, 2016 | Social Security

Marc Goldwein: Alicia Munnell is wrong: Social Security needs a quick fix

Marc Goldwein is the Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He wrote an opinion piece...
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Jun 10, 2016

CRFB Turns 35 - We Are Old Enough to Remember When...

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget was incorporated on June 10, 1981. Our 35th birthday is a good occasion to look back at some of the...